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Is Nederland the Answer to Boulder’s Housing Crunch?

When a mountain-loving couple from Virginia decided to make Colorado their home, they had no idea that their western dream would unfold in the quirky town of Nederland.

The professional couple with a new baby, shared wild eyes for the west after years of vacationing in the Rockies. When the growing family decided to make the epic leap from the East Coast, they initially set their sights on a vacant lot outside of Boulder.

That’s when they called 8030 Realty Broker Darrin Harris Frisby, the listing agent for a lot they spotted on the internet. He knew the land was surrounded by a peaceful neighborhood and gorgeous landscape and that the proximity to the mountains seemed perfect for this passionately active couple. However, when he learned that the work-from-home dad needed high-speed internet and that the details of a new construction from the ground up seemed daunting, this remote lot was a no-go.

Darrin then began the search for the perfect peice of land for the couple. He got to know the couple when they flew to the Front Range to tour existing homes and vacant lots. Then, he narrowed the search even more. On their second visit, Darrin helped them find a spec home under construction in Caribou Ridge, a unique development that’s taking shape on the outer edge of Nederland.

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Caribou Ridge’s 34 homes are designed to integrate into the natural surroundings with year-round plowed roads that lead to the town of Nederland in five minutes. The drive to Boulder is just 25 minutes.

Nederland, including Caribou Ridge, they realized, has the perfect wild and remote feel with ever-practical access to city sewer, gas and water and high-speed internet.

Cornerstone Contracting is building homes in Caribou Ridge using timber and durable materials in Nederland, CO.“Caribou Ridge captures all the features of mountain living, but you also have the safety and protection of being in town,” said Keenan Tompkins, owner of Cornerstone Contracting, the development’s builder. He said Caribou Ridge has fire hydrants and municipal water and sewer, unlikely, yet welcome services for such an out-of-the-way neighborhood.

“The site is technically in Nederland, but just far enough in the woods. This homes come in two styles: a timber frame and a modern style,” said Keenan. Cornerstone Contracting homes are widely known for their strong, modern styling, natural materials and passionate design. They’ve been featured in the New York Times for stunning custom home construction along the Front Range.

Keenan is excited about the styles of homes offered in Caribou Ridge, which will resemble Robins Ranch and the Lazy Z, two timber-rich styles in Cornerstone’s portfolio.

Darrin, a 30-year Colorado resident – and by now a seasoned mountain living expert – said he’s seeing more and more home buyers travel up scenic Boulder Canyon for their next home.

“A lot of people didn’t really think the mountains were for them, until they started to get priced out of Boulder and into to Erie, Longmont, etc.,” Darrin said. “Once I show people the town of Nederland – with its cooler temperatures, easy access to stores and a variety of restaurants, they realize it could be the perfect place to build a home and raise their family.”

Besides casino-centric Blackhawk, Nederland is the only Front Range town north of I-70 where you can live among stunning mountain peaks, a short drive to the slopes and, perhaps most importantly, easy access to the amenities of a small town, Darrin said.

“Knowing that Nederland combines urban sensibilities with a small mountain town feel, it has been a wonderful experience to match these executives from out of state with the town I live in and love,” he said.

Are you interested in learning more about mountain living along the Front Range? 8030 Realty has your answers. Contact an associate today!

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